Language and Jargon

Victim/ Survivor

We use the term ‘survivor’ rather than victim on this website as we believe it empowers those who have experienced rape or sexual assault and works to ensure that the experience does not define them. If someone is a ‘victim’, it evokes feelings of sympathy and has connotations of powerlessness. On the other hand, ‘survivor’ suggests someone who has overcome something and is a powerful person.


Rape and sexual assault can be a really challenging and difficult experience and positive language is one way in which the person who has been affected by it can progress positively with their life.


SARC/ Sexual Assault Referral Centre: A dedicated centre providing support, medical attention and forensic evidence gathering services for individuals who have been affected by sexual assault and rape.




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